Greenspace and Health

Greenspace and Health

What is Greenspace and Health?

We are increasingly recognising the important role of greenspace and green health activities on our health and wellbeing. In fact, greenspace is often now described as our natural health service.

Through our Greenspace and Health programme, we work in partnership with NHS Lothian to make the most of our estate and community greenspaces as health assets.

NHS Lothian published the first health board led Greenspace and Health strategy in Scotland. The framework sets the priorities for how health and wellbeing can be supported through the NHS Lothian estate, publicly accessible greenspaces and green health activities. Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation is working with a wide range of partners to deliver this vision.

Here is how we are supporting Greenspace and Health:

Grounds for Health – unlocking the potential of the NHS Estate
The NHS outdoor estate is a valuable asset. If planned and managed well, it can make a significant contribution to the physical and mental health and wellbeing of our staff, patients, visitors and local communities. It is also a key asset in our response to the climate emergency. We work with staff and partners across a wide range of sites to unlock this potential through our Greenspace and Health programme.
Find out more about Grounds for Health

 

Green Health Prescribing – blueprint for sustainable models of care
Green health prescribing uses the interaction between people and healthcare services to identify those who could benefit most from green interventions and connect them with nature. Our shared vision is for green health prescribing to be embedded across the system, targeted at people who can most benefit, resulting in reduced health inequalities, stronger communities and more valued greenspace. We are working across the health and social care partnerships to support them in making this a reality. Find out more about Green Health Prescribing

The impact of our Greenspace Programmes
Greenspace-based activities have an important role to play in supporting wider community and public health, with everyday contact with nature having a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing and reducing stress. We are delighted to be able to support a range of projects that help people take advantage of the therapeutic benefits of being in nature. Find out more by visiting our Case Studies page

 

What can I do?

If you feel passionately about the benefits of nature and their potential in addressing health inequalities, join our Greenspace Network, or for more information, please email ian.mackenzie@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk